Dom Joly

Dom Joly has been a columnist for The Independent on Sunday and The Independent since 2001. Joly shot to fame in 2000 with his anarchic Channel 4 hidden-camera comedy programme Trigger Happy TV. He has since made television series for BBC, Five, and Sky One including, This Is Dom Joly and Dom Joly’s Happy Hour. His current TV show, Fool Britannia, is on ITV1 on Saturday nights. His spoof autobiography, Look At Me, Look At Me was published in 2004, in 2007 he brought out Letters to my Golf Club, featuring his correspondences with golf clubs around the world. In 2009 he wrote his first travel book, The Dark Tourist, in which he holidayed in some of the world’s most unlikely destinations such as Chernobyl and North Korea. His second travel book- Scary Monsters and Super Creeps, published in 2012, saw him cross the globe hunting monsters like the Yeti and Bigfoot. He is currently writing his new travel book.

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My genius new format for a revamped Top Gear

It crossed my mind that there might be a vacancy on a huge show that looks a lot of fun to make

My holiday plan: mucho ham and no museums

Of course I'm not going to mention this part of our trip to the Iberian peninsula to Wilbur the pig

The Cheltenham Festival takes over the Cotswolds town every March

A week spent keeping a safe distance from the hideous hurly-burly of the Cheltenham Festival

The problem is I'm a grumpy party-pooper. When I lived in Notting Hill Gate, I'd be the first out of London come carnival time

Since announcing that I have bought a hot-air balloon, the offers are piling up

TV loves nothing better than tension and tragedy, me learning to fly ticked every box

Purchasing a balloon has seen my love of hot air reach new heights

I’d flirted with golf, resisted dogging, then this balloon thing came up and it all made sense

The Courchevel 1850 ski resort in the French Alps

Don't mention the war in ski-lift argy-bargy

'Canadians are programmed to apologise for everything and take the side of everyone but their husband'

Heather Cho's air rage is as nothing next to dog walker's ire

I guess Rambler Rage is not as sexy an issue for news outlets, but it exists

I thought snowboarding was something my kids should aspire to, but it's ridiculously tricky to start with and quite painful

So instead, I've admitted defeat and allowed them to try and learn to ski before their friends start to report them for suspiciously 'gnarly' activity

Don't copy my mistakes, kids, make your own

I'm a great believer in there being more to life than exams

Detoxing and Katie Hopkins make for a deadly cocktail

The first few days were fine save for a headache, and a total absence of energy, joy and happiness

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